Annual Lion’s Club Chili and Bean Dinner benefits blind kids



The Sapulpa Lions Club held its annual Chili and Bean Dinner, January 30th, at the First Baptist Church. The Lions Club members prepared home-style beans and chili recipes that they have been cooking for dinners since 1952. 

For a mere $8, patrons could eat all they wanted of chili and four kinds of beans, as well as cornbread, coleslaw, tea, coffee, and buttermilk. Lion Kirk Bargis said that as of 1:30 p.m., they had served 225 people.

Middle and high school students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, helped serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. OSB started volunteering for this fundraiser in 2011. The Lions Club members served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The money raised by the Bean Dinner benefits OSB-sponsored events such as Cane Quest and Braille Challenge. 

Lions Club International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world, boasting 1,700,000 members. The Lions have raised more than $415,000,000 to provide surgeries, improve hundreds of eye-care facilities, and train thousands of eye-care professionals.

The Lions SightFirst program builds comprehensive eye-care systems to fight the major causes of blindness, and care for blind and visually-impaired people.

The Sapulpa Lions Club has a special camera that allows them to do eye screenings. They have screened students at Sapulpa Public Schools and are available to screen others.

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Micah Choquette

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